NSF NRT Understanding the Brain: Neurophotonics

Boston University proudly announces the start of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT) Understanding the Brain: Neurophotonics (NSF NRT UtB: Neurophotonics). See flyer for more information. This is a university-wide community of doctoral students in biology, neuroscience, biophysics, and engineering with focused professional development and graduate training in neurophotonics.

For current BU graduate students who participated in or missed the introductory meetings, linked are the slides that were presented.

Prof. Alberto Cruz Martín describes the interdisciplinary nature of the NSF NRT UtB:

We are seeking all current first year BU doctoral students in Biology, Graduate Program for Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringMechanical Engineering, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Biophysics/Physiology who are interested in understanding how neural activities at the cellular scale drive computation, behavior and psychology. The NRT program in Neurophotonics will include research that uses light and photo-activated materials to study, control, and image neurons and neural circuits with cellular and sub-cellular resolution.

Interested Candidates will…

Trainees will participate in…

  • Immersive hands-on training experiences and lab rotations with leading neurophotonics researchers, including a boot camp on neurophotonics
  • Interdisciplinary coursework and dissertation
  • Professional development mentoring
  • Seminars and NRT events
  • Annual symposium
  • Summer school workshops, national conferences, peer-led seminars, journal club and more

NOTE: This traineeship program is open to all students. There are a limited number of fellowships opportunities each year; however, per NSF regulations, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to receive tuition and stipend support through the NRT fellowships.


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